New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
On March 11, 2011, the earthquake and tsunami caused a series of equipment failures and nuclear meltdowns that led to the release of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. This accident shocked a lot of people in the world, especially the people living in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant. There is one nuclear power plant (Grand Gulf Nuclear Station) located in Mississippi. The number of nuclear-related programs of higher learning has decreased in the last decade or so. However, the need for nuclear-related skilled personnel is increasing and will continue to do so, creating a gap in the supply and demand. The Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) program and Emergency Management Technology (EMT) program at Jackson State University (JSU) can introduce a unique opportunity to bring students into the nuclear profession. In 2014, Jackson State University received a grant from Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This NRC project can expand and improve those two programs to deal with nuclear technologies. Nuclear technology, emergency management, and hazardous materials management encompass a wide range of activities and are a multi-disciplinary endeavor. Faculty and programs collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in the preparation of the future workforce. To further enhance programs, the Department of Technology at JSU made efforts to collaborate with other academic disciplines. The project is operated in cooperation with faculty from the Biological Sciences Department at Alcorn State University (ASU) and Environmental Health Department at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). The partnership among these three universities can improve and increase nuclear related education in Mississippi. We are developing two new courses (“Introduction to Nuclear Technology” and “Radiation, Preparedness and Exercise”) and a virtual reality training program, revising four existing courses (“Principle of Hazardous Materials Management” and “Risk Assessment” at JSU, “Radiation Safety and Health” at MVSU, and “Environmental Risk Assessment and Management” at ASU), as well as establishing a training laboratory over the two years of grant support. These efforts can promote and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in the nuclear field as well as ensure that they will better understand the problems of dealing with nuclear safety and problems related to nuclear emergency preparedness and response.
Shih, H., & Yuan, P. (2016, June), Curriculum Development in Nuclear Technology Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26625
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